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December 19, 2012

Lady Hornets sting Catoosa

— Sluggish starts can sometimes work against a basketball team but not for the Hilldale Lady Hornets on Tuesday.

After scoring only four points in the first quarter, the Lady Hornets erupted for 24 points in the second quarter on their way to a 58-28 win over Catoosa at the Hilldale Events Center.

“These girls are a hard-working group,” said Hilldale coach Scott Hensley. “We can always count on effort and that’s what they showed tonight.”

The Lady Hornets, 5-3 overall and 2-2 in the Verdigris Valley Conference, trailed the Lady Indians (2-5, 2-3) 5-4 after the first quarter but outscored Catoosa 24-9 in the second eight minutes to take a 28-14 lead at intermission.

“We’re kinda growing up,” Hensley said. “We still have a lot of work to do but we are improving all the time.”

Hilldale was led by freshman Katie Kirkhart, daughter of football coach Chad Kirkhart, who balanced out her scoring with 11 points in the first half and seven in the second for 18 points total. Jessica VanSchuyer and Casady Mills both finished with eight points.

VanSchuyer was proud of the defensive effort her teammates put forth.

“We’re working really hard this year, and its showing in every game,” she said. “Coach told us to go after it and if we did, we would win and we did.”

Once the Hornets got the double-digit advantage, they kept the pedal to the medal and increased the advantage to 37-21 after three quarters. The final quarter, Hilldale outscored Catoosa 21-7, but Hensley was quick to point out the margin could have been more.

“We missed too many layups tonight,” he said. “But I’m proud of the effort. They’re a great bunch of young ladies.”

For the game, Hilldale made 20 of 52 (38.5 percent) but it was Catoosa’s shooting that was the difference as the Lady Indians connected on only 8 of 39 attempts (20.5 percent), 2 of 16 (12.5 percent) in the second half.

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